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Foods that fight inflammation

By |2020-12-20T20:19:26+00:00December 20th, 2020|

What does an anti-inflammatory diet do? Your immune system becomes activated when your body recognizes anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect your health. However, sometimes inflammation persists, day in and day out, even [...]

Researchers Adapt Cell Phone Camera for SARS-CoV-2 Detection

By |2020-12-19T20:01:00+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Researchers have developed an assay that can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab using a device attached to an ordinary smartphone, they report in the journal Cell. Although more research is needed before such a test can be rolled out, the results are promising and ultimately may be applicable to screening more broadly [...]

HHS, DoD buy up 650,000 more doses of Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody therapeutic

By |2020-12-19T20:00:59+00:00December 19th, 2020|

In preparation for rising cases of COVID-19, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense (DoD) have purchased an additional 650,000 doses of Eli Lilly and Company’s investigational monoclonal antibody therapeutic, bamlanivimab. This puts the total number of treatment courses at 950,000 purchased, with the current 300,000 doses in the process of [...]

INTERPOL warns of global threat to COVID-19 vaccines from organized crime networks

By |2020-12-19T20:00:58+00:00December 19th, 2020|

As the world deals with the ongoing chaos and death inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, INTERPOL is warning of a new threat to global hopes: organized crime networks are targeting COVID-19 vaccines, both physically and online. In a global Orange Notice alert to the organization’s 194 member countries, INTERPOL stated that the pandemic has already spawned [...]

Early diagnosis of COPD: myth or a true perspective

By |2020-12-19T20:00:57+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Abstract The early stages of COPD have recently become a hot topic as many new risk factors have been proposed, but substantial knowledge gaps remain in explaining the natural history of the disease. If we are to modify the outcomes of COPD, early detection needs to play a critical role. However, we need to sort out [...]

SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and asymptomatic viral carriage in healthcare workers: a cross-sectional study

By |2020-12-19T20:00:55+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Objective To determine the rates of asymptomatic viral carriage and seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in healthcare workers. Design A cross-sectional study of asymptomatic healthcare workers undertaken on 24/25 April 2020. Setting University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT), UK. Participants 545 asymptomatic healthcare workers were recruited while at work. Participants were invited to participate via [...]

Machine learning identifies new brain network signature of major depression

By |2020-12-19T20:00:54+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Using machine learning, researchers have identified novel, distinct patterns of coordinated activity between different parts of the brain in people with major depressive disorder—even when different protocols are used to detect these brain networks. Ayumu Yamashita of Advanced Telecommunications Research Institutes International in Kyoto, Japan, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Biology. While major [...]

Fracking sites may increase heart failure hospitalizations across large regions

By |2020-12-19T20:00:53+00:00December 19th, 2020|

Heart failure patients who live in communities affected by fracking are at increased risk for hospitalization, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology today. The study looked at the environmental exposure risk of thousands of heart failure patients across Pennsylvania. Heart failure is a lifelong condition that affects over 5.7 [...]

California coronavirus shutdown will last through Christmas as deaths explode past 20,000

By |2020-12-19T20:00:52+00:00December 19th, 2020|

For millions of Californians, the COVID-19 pandemic will provide a most unwelcome gift this Christmas: a wide-ranging shutdown imposed as the state grapples with its most massive and dangerous surge in infections and hospitalizations to date. Monday provided even more devastating news: More than 20,000 cumulative deaths and more than 34,000 new coronavirus cases reported Monday alone, [...]

Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings

By |2020-12-19T20:00:48+00:00December 19th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. CDC offers the following [...]